Vampire - Tired Hands Brewing Company

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tired Hands Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xnicknj on 10-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

IPA brewed with the juice & zest from 100lbs of CaraCara oranges. Well hopped with Simcoe and Centennial.
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 7
Photo of Yellolab2010
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Had on draft at tired hands and thought this was one of the better beers I've had in a while.
Poured a hazy orange color with a great citrusy aroma. Taste was on par with aroma having a very juicy taste. Very smooth and highly drinkable.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Served on-tap at the pub.

A - Pours hazy yellow with a dense one and a quarter finger head, slowly dissipating down to a thick film, leaving sticky webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh zested oranges, pine resin, tropical fruit, wet grass and some lightly toasted pale malt.

T - Starts off with a mix of orange zest and pine resin slowly being joined by the fresh cut grass, doughy grain and some more tropical fruitiness. Finish is pretty dry, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick, bitter feel with a good amount of dryness from the hops and light booze.

O - A nice IPA. Having just had their fresh hop beer this one is a bit of a letdown but still quite good in its own right.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewpub

Poured a slightly hazed golden-orange color with a decent foamy white head that retained well and left lots of lacing on the glass. Lots of fresh hops in the nose, citrus zest, pine, hints of grass. As with the aroma, the taste is expectedly hop-driven, citrus zest, pine, grass, fairly bitter and pithy, with light biscuity malts in the background, lending just a touch of sweetness. Doesn't quite reach the greatness of the aroma, but it's still a quite tasty IPA. About medium-bodied, crisp and easily drinkable.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill (over 2 weeks, so that is one issue)
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a pale yellow orange color. Basically not head. Just a couple bubbles of bright white sitting on top of the brew, that faded quickly into a ring. Looks like the 2 weeks did there toll, but a pretty beer none the less.

S: Nice orange fruit flavor on the nose still. Some pine too. Some breadiness, almost biscuit like malts. Smells almost grassy.

T: Some big bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Nice fruity hops: orange marmalade, orange pith, citrus fruits, etc. The malt bill is fairly light, as I could tell from the appearance. Light biscuit maltiness greets the hops in the mid palate. You get some grassiness as well. The finish isn't overly bitter. Dry.

M: Medium bodied, some carbonation would really help this one.

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at the Brew Cafe in Ardmore.

Vampire has a nice IPA look, it was a golden color when I saw it, not really picking up any orange coloring to it. As always the inch of firm white foam on the top. Nice stickings as well. It's a healthy looking beer.

Smell is hop resin up front mixed in with some citrus rind, orange, lemon, etc. Not getting any biscuit type scents and the malt intrusion is real light. All I can really pick up from this is some fresh dank hops.

Taste is str8 up IPA, the mix of hop varieties used bring off much orange and lemon, I get a touch of grass. Again, the malt sweetness barely makes a whimper... Very clean tasting with no adjunct, and a lot of fresh ingredients.

Feel is at a step below medium, carb is minimal, Bitterness sticks in the back of the gullet. Drinkability is nice, I don't think I could do more than a pint. While Vampire is a nice beer, it did just not grab me like I thought it would.

Photo of victory4me
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic pint at the brewpub.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a two finger head and tons of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of galaxy hops is predominate. Tons of layers of citrus juiciness. Very little malt sweetness, mostly citrus sweetness and pungent hops.

Taste is enormously citrus and a strong resinous hop character that is smooth and easy to drink. Absolutely no alcohol character, which is both dangerous and amazing for a 7% beer. Blind I would have never guessed this had actual fruit, which only seems to enhance the sticky, citrusy, and superbly juicy hop characters. An extremely bright IPA that I could put back all night.

Mouthfeel is sticky, yet light. Washes over the palate wonderfully.

Best single IPA I've had from Pennsylvania, this is a beer I could drink all day and not get tired of it. Fantastic.

Photo of xnicknj
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a layering of white head, leaving ringed patchy lacing and cloudy retention behind.

Punchy citrus in the nose with blood orange and pithy zesty bitterness. Light malt sweetness and faint warmth.

Explosive juicy citrus hops with bitter orange peel and zest. Lasting bitterness with a grainy and slightly bready malt backbone. Soft sweetness with honey, finishes long and bitter with a kick of juicy orange.

Medium body, nice carbonation, juicy and sticky on the palate. A super juicy IPA that's literally bursting with flavor. I can't say it's the best because they've all been so good so far.

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Vampire from Tired Hands Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.